The Bathroom: Remembering Differences
August 3, 2016

“We imagine solid unlockable doors to the bathing room as a whole; perhaps swinging doors to establish the fluidity of the area; and then opaque glass doors or curtains on the shower stall; a simple door for the toilet stalls—this is the most private spot; and an open doorway to the alcove […]

The Living Room: A Place for Formality
July 27, 2016

“Unless the spaces in a building are arranged in a sequence which corresponds to their degrees of privateness, the visits made by strangers, friends, guests, clients, family, will always be a little awkward… [speaking of the custom in Peru…] Formal friends, such as the priest, the daughter’s boyfriend, and friends from work […]

A Place to Watch the World Go By
July 20, 2016

“For instance, in order for the pattern of events ‘watching the world go by’ to happen, it is essential that the porch should be a little raised above the level of the street; it is essential that the porch be deep enough, to let a group of people sit there comfortably; and […]

Wednesday Quotes
Useless Houses
October 16, 2013

“Well then, Critobulus,” said Socrates, “what if I demonstrate that, in the first place, some people spend a lot of money on building useless houses, whereas others spend far less and build perfectly adequate houses?” I wonder what features were typical of ‘useless houses’ in Athens. Did they have the ancient equivalent […]